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1R for sale Empty R for sale on 30th October 2019, 10:21 am


Ok, a bit out of the blue I know but had an 'event' last night.

Was driving home and there was a plume of blue smoke coming from the exhaust AND from every breather on the engine, when revved. I managed to get it home but it was running on three cylinders and was leaving a smoke screen 007 would have been proud of!
Nice little puddle of oil had been ejected from the back left cylinder head breather too.
Catastrophic methinks  Sad

Anyway, I can't afford to rebuild the engine or swap something else into it so, it has to go as-is. My mini has eaten almost all of my funds lately.

I'll get some pictures up when I get a chance but won't be until the weekend (ie when its light!).

Some details:

H Reg umbella model, WITH umbrella!
Multi spoke alloys with new tyres fitted earlier this year
Standard suspension
Clio/Evo brake upgrade up front. Running high carbon discs with Mintex 1144 pads
Rear brakes are Mtec pads & x-drilled discs
All brakes were replaced before MOT in July (I think it was July, might've been August)
Braided brake hoses all round
Polybushed front end
Polybushed rear track control arm bushes (the big ones at the front of the arms)
New clutch, Bob's reinforced fork and rear crank seal replaced December last year
Silicone coolant & boost hoses throughout
After market VTA dump valve (doesn't leak, at all!)
Adjustable FPR with gauge permanently installed
Fuel pump hardwired/relayed to battery
Polybushed upper left engine mount
Hybrid turbo (rebuilt 2016) with Dawes device fitted
All the idle/tickover gubbins work perfectly and idles at 1000rpm. You can even adjust the idle speed up/down with the screw!!
3" 'Bogdan' stainless steel turbo elbow mated to 3" powerflow exhaust. Has MLS exhaust manifold gasket fitted.
Ramair induction kit
Bumper guard fitted to front
Has tow eye cover!

I have a few spares for it in a box that would go with the car. Includes old ignition amplifiers, coil standard airbox etc. Also have the original gearbox that needs the bearings replaced as a spare.

Bad bits:

FUBAR engine. Does run and drive but probably not for much longer.

Tailgate ideally needs replaced. The previous owner replaced the lock cylinder with one from a different car and buggered the mounting hole for it. I replace the whole lock set and managed to get a proper R lock to fit but, it isn't pretty.

Again, said (asshole) previous owner removed the wind deflectors from the doors with what appeared to be a screwdriver, damaging the paint. I touched this up when I first got the car three years ago. There's no rust, just needs rubbing down and spraying properly.

The car is almost thirty years young and on its original paint. Its a little picky here and there BUT still looks very good when polished up. The only welding its ever had was at the rear of the passenger side rear arch, kinda below the fuel filler cap. There was a 2" section cut out and replaced and the whole quarter sprayed over. You'd never know it had been done! The mechanic who did the clutch job for me said it was REALLY clean underneath, in fact better than his '08 plate Impreza track car.

Looking for £4750ovno
(unless everyone thinks that's ridiculous)

cheers for now,


R for sale 20180410

2R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 30th October 2019, 3:15 pm

Mr B

Mr B
gtir technician
gtir technician
ringland gone probably .

set of pistons and bore hone likely sort that along with proper fuelling ignition check as I would suspect you had fuel ratio issue that brought it on .
I would leak down test and bore scope it before contemplating sale .
It sell far easier and worth lot more with non FUBAR engine lol .
If didn't need bore oversize it cheap pretty quick repair with good used oem parts .
new piston set and rebore more work and part cost but it not stupid money if can do the main labour work yourself and just send out to a decent machine shop .
Be sad see another active member go .

3R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 30th October 2019, 7:07 pm


That’s no good mate, try and figure out what’s wrong with it, maybe can fix it on the cheap yourself Smile

4R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 31st October 2019, 8:32 am


Yeah I know what you're saying guys but this was the last straw for me.

This was my daily drive to work and I need something fairly reliable that doesn't need constant love & tinkering to keep moving. I've got a classic mini (H reg too!) that should be the one that needs constant attention, not my daily.

I've actually been driving around in the mini over the past few weeks and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Its made me remember that straight line speed isn't the fun part, not having to brake for corners is. Well, that and the straight cut gearbox!! Very Happy
This got me thinking that maybe I should downsize my main car to something more agile, frugal and reliable. I only do around 6k miles per year, 95% of that is going back n forth to work along twisty back roads.

The R is great on the dual carriageway but in reality handles like crap compared to other cars.
This engine failure is really just forcing me to do something about it sooner rather than later.

I could investigate further this weekend so at least I know whats wrong with it but that’s going to be it. In my mind to get it sorted properly is either going to be a full engine rebuild or, swap the engine. Neither of which I can do myself TBH.

5R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 31st October 2019, 9:51 pm

johnny gtir

johnny gtir
Sorry to hear it let go and good luck with the sale mike.

6R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 1st November 2019, 4:50 am


That’s fair enough and makes sense, good luck with sale mate. I’m sure it will find a good home Smile

7R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 1st November 2019, 8:12 am


I've ordered up a borescope to fit onto my phone so I can at the very least have a look inside to see what the damage is. Might make it easier to sell if its just a piston that's gone although i'm not holding out much hope...

8R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 5th November 2019, 11:08 am


Sorry to hear about your bad luck! I hope it's nothing too serious and you decide to keep the car after all! I hear you though about the old classics! Deffo sure to put a smile on yours and everyone else's face!

9R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 6th November 2019, 6:34 am


Hi Mike, I've sent you a pm Very Happy

10R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 6th November 2019, 10:20 am


Replied to pm Neil  Smile
The car was eventually sold on Sunday morning after a bit of faffing around.
Buyer was meant to arrive 10am Saturday morning, which was then quickly changed to 2pm. At 4 I messaged to ask if they were still coming and the reply was "yes, we're on our way". With an answer like that I expected them to arrive in an hour or so but nope. 7.45pm I messaged again to say that the first bidder on the car had been in  touch and was willing to buy the car if this sale had fallen through. I got a message back saying they were still on the way BUT were 170 miles away Shocked
Some quick man maths later meant they'd be arriving around 11.30!
11.45PM they arrived and after some negotiation (and threats of divorce from their partners) the car was sold. They finally left mine at 1.15am on sunday morning, driving back down to Manchester! Apparently the car's going to get a forged engine and a respray next year and will be residing in his personal collection of motors!

To say the car was extremely rough would have been an understatement. It was running on three cylinders (badly) and smoking its tits off. I think just getting it loaded onto the truck woke everyone within a half mile radius!
Have a look at the clip below and it will reveal all, requires sound! Oh, this was the second attempt at getting it loaded. The first time it got half way up the ramp, stalled and rolled back down. Took about 10 seconds to get it going again!!

11R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 6th November 2019, 10:35 pm


Sounds like a bit of a muck around for you mate. It didnt take long to sell which was good. Hopefully you got close to your asking price Smile

12R for sale Empty Re: R for sale on 7th November 2019, 6:46 am

johnny gtir

johnny gtir
Glad you got your sale mike don’t be a stranger on here

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